Leena Rao

Leena Rao
Leena Rao is currently a Managing Editor for TechCrunch. She recently finished graduate school at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where she studied business journalism and videography. From 2004 to 2007, she helped lead Congresswoman Carloyn Maloney's community outreach and relations efforts in New York City. She graduated from Columbia University in 2003, where she was the captain of the women's varsity tennis team. She has also contributed technology content for Oprah.com. Disclosure: My husband, Suneel Gupta, was previously an employee of Groupon. We hold stock in Facebook. We also have investments in several mutual funds, some of which are technology-focused. And I hold a miniscule amount of shares in AOL, TechCrunch's parent company. My husband sits on the advisory boards of Adaptly and ToyTalk, and is a shareholder of both companies. CrunchBase profile →

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  • Facebook Is Big In France

    Facebook Is Big In France

    Facebook has become the most popular social network in France, according to the latest figures from comScore. Social networking had a banner year in France, with a 45 percent increase in unique visitors. In Europe as a whole, 211 million (roughly three fourths of total internet users) visited social networking sites. After Facebook launched a French language interface in February of 2008… Read More

  • Tech Layoffs Surge to 300,000

    Tech Layoffs Surge to 300,000

    Layoffs in the tech sector are accelerating. It took exactly three weeks for tech layoffs to surge to 300,000, according to our Layoff Tracker. Since late January, when the tracker hit 200,000 layoffs, another 100,000 job eliminations have been announced or completed. In contrast, it took five weeks for layoffs in the tech industry to hit the 200,000 mark, and four months for layoffs to… Read More

  • Medpedia's Health Platform Could Be Just What The Doctor Ordered

    Medpedia's Health Platform Could Be Just What The Doctor Ordered

    Medpedia Project, an initiative we wrote about during its private beta launch, has unveiled a public version of its trustworthy, fully transparent technology platform for the worldwide health community. Combining social networking with Web 2.0 health information, Medpedia’s website offers consumers a Wikipedia for health information, a LinkedIn network for health professionals, and a… Read More

  • Mobile CDN Offers First Official iPhone Streaming App

    Mobile CDN Offers First Official iPhone Streaming App

    This past weekend, Mobile CDN made a fairly significant move in the mobile world when it streamed footage of the NBA All-Star game live over mobile phones. Why? Mobile CDN launched the first live streaming application approved by Apple and that works over any wireless network Edge, 3G and WiFi phones. Until now, Apple hasn’t officially allowed iPhones to access streaming applications. So… Read More

  • Travelzoo's Fly.com Launches Yet Another Travel Search Aggregator

    Travelzoo's Fly.com Launches Yet Another Travel Search Aggregator

    Publicly traded travel site Travelzoo has launched the beta version of its new comprehensive airfare search engine, Fly.com. At first glance, Fly.com is a Kayak-look alike (except that Fly.com searches are limited to airfares only). The two sites offer virtually the same feature in searches, except that Fly.com’s price comparison sites are limited to Priceline and Hotwire, whereas… Read More

  • Could FileSociety Phase Out FTP?

    Could FileSociety Phase Out FTP?

    UPDATE: FileSociety’s services are not free. Global Edit charges a yearly fee as well as transfer and storage fees. But the company claims its pricing structure is cost-effective. GlobalEdit, image management system that provides creative workflow tools has launched a digital file sharing service called FileSociety and already has some big-name early adopters. FileSociety allows… Read More

  • Elevator Pitch Friday: Relenta Provides Economy Friendly CRM Solutions To Small Businesses

    Elevator Pitch Friday: Relenta Provides Economy Friendly CRM Solutions To Small Businesses

    This week’s elevator pitch comes from Relenta, a SaaS email-centric contact and task management platform. The pitch was concise and explained the product well but should have indicated more clearly how Relenta’s business model is viable (a.k.a. how they are going to make money). Relenta is an all-in-one email/customer relationship management/group calendar/mailing list… Read More

  • Xoopit Marries Facebook Status Updates With Gmail

    Xoopit Marries Facebook Status Updates With Gmail

    Xoopit, a social networking email enhancement that allows users to locate files, images and videos in their inbox, has launched a new feature that lets Gmail users immediately see and set Facebook status messages and view profile photos of their Facebook friends while reading emails off a Gmail account. Users can also quickly see other information such as birthdays and mobile phone numbers. Read More

  • YouTube Hopes To Boost Revenue With Video Downloads

    YouTube Hopes To Boost Revenue With Video Downloads

    YouTube took a step towards monetization by allowing partners to charge users for downloads. In this “test” initiative, selected YouTube partners can offer their video downloads for free or for a fee (determined by the partner) paid through Google Checkout. Most videos in the test are currently charging about $1 each. The partner can also decide how the downloadable video will… Read More

  • VoxPop.TV Creates Pop Culture Games For The Masses

    VoxPop.TV Creates Pop Culture Games For The Masses

    Ever seen a pop culture clickable game on MTV or Entertainment Weekly asking you to predict and vote on who is going to be a winner in a latest awards show? Or asking you to vote on who is hotter, Beyonce or Britney? Chances are the game was made by San Francisco start-up VoxPop.TV. The under-the-radar VoxPop.tv (the company’s services were launched in 2007) is tapping into a… Read More

  • IBM Uses Amazon To Leapfrog Microsoft On The Way To The Blue Cloud

    IBM Uses Amazon To Leapfrog Microsoft On The Way To The Blue Cloud

    IBM is advancing its aggressive cloud computing strategy with a string of announcements this week. The most recent was IBM’s partnership with Amazon Web Services to allow access of its software to solution providers using Amazon’s cloud computing applications. The partnerships offers pay-as-you-go access to development and production versions of IBM Information Management… Read More

  • Linux Can Now Access Silverlight; The Rat Race Between Silverlight and Adobe Flash Continues

    Linux Can Now Access Silverlight; The Rat Race Between Silverlight and Adobe Flash Continues

    The open-source, Novell-sponsored Mono Project released Moonlight 1.0, which allows Linux desktop users to access Microsoft Silverlight content. Novell’s Moonlight also allows Linux users to access Windows multimedia content, including Windows Media Video, Windows Media Audio and MP3 files (all supported through the Microsoft Media Pack). This is one of Microsoft’s first real… Read More

  • FrugalMechanic Gets A Tune-Up With A New Round Of Funding

    FrugalMechanic Gets A Tune-Up With A New Round Of Funding

    Start-up FrugalMechanic.com, an online product search engine for auto parts, received seed funding for an undisclosed amount from Seattle venture capital firm Founder’s Co-Op. The fund typically invests between $250,000 to $500,00 in start-ups. FrugalMechanic, like a Froogle for auto parts, has gained a niche following of mechanics and consumers as a nifty price comparison tool in the… Read More

  • Western Europe Stimulates Worldwide Growth In Mobile Porn

    Western Europe Stimulates Worldwide Growth In Mobile Porn

    Juniper Research released a report today that claims that the global mobile market for adult content grew by around 36 percent, to an estimated $2.2 billion, in 2008. Juniper also estimated that the market will be worth $4.9 billion by 2013, largely dominated by increased demand for video-chat services. Demand for mobile adult content seems to growing at a fast pace since the research… Read More

  • Western Europe Stimulates Worldwide Growth In Mobile Porn

    Western Europe Stimulates Worldwide Growth In Mobile Porn

    Juniper Research released a report today that claims that the global mobile market for adult content grew by around 36 percent, to an estimated $2.2 billion, in 2008. Juniper also estimated that the market will be worth $4.9 billion by 2013, largely dominated by increased demand for video-chat services. Demand for mobile adult content seems to growing at a fast pace since the research… Read More

  • Redfin Rolls Out The Welcome Mat For Foes Amidst Real Estate Crisis

    Redfin Rolls Out The Welcome Mat For Foes Amidst Real Estate Crisis

    In a surprising move, online real estate brokerage Redfin is entering into partnerships with real estate agents from more than a dozen other brokerages in areas that Redfin’s in-house agents can’t reach. Redfin appears to have changed its tune from its founding when the firm wasn’t really getting along with real estate agents. In fact, Redfin seemed to be founded with the… Read More

  • SQLstream's Live Data Integration Could Be A Boon For Businesses

    SQLstream's Live Data Integration Could Be A Boon For Businesses


    In the current state of the economy, the phrase “time is money” has taken on an even more powerful meaning to the enterprise world. SQLstream’s new 2.0 technology allows companies to reduce the time required to turn data into readable information by capturing and reading the data in live streams (using SQL language) versus batch-techniques of data processing, which is… Read More

  • Tsavo Strays From The Acquisition Model, Develops Three Lifestyle Blogs

    Tsavo Strays From The Acquisition Model, Develops Three Lifestyle Blogs

    Start-up Tsavo Media, an online media network started by UserPlane founder Mike Jones, has officially added a trio of new blogs, Manolith, Twirlit and KidGlue to its growing media mini-empire. Tsavo, who has appeared to implement a growth by acquisition strategy since its start in September, opted to develop the three blogs in-house. Read More

  • Miro Gets A Makeover

    Miro Gets A Makeover

    Miro, an open-source HD video player we wrote about in 2007, launched Miro 2.0, an updated, re-designed, more powerful video player. Several new features have been added to spruce up Miro, including faster performance and torrent downloads, the ability to stream shows from websites like Hulu and YouTube on the sidebar,and the ability to play videos in a separate video. Similar to the 1.0… Read More

  • Trackle Feeds You Personalized RSS

    Trackle Feeds You Personalized RSS

    Silicon Valley start-up Trackle.com is launching the public beta of its personalized Google Alerts to track pretty much everything in an internet user’s life. Trackle’s technology and interface is innovative and disarmingly comprehensive. It provides real-time personalized feeds of the latest crime in a user’s neighborhood, fluctuating airline ticket prices, how much a… Read More